Social History of Medicine


Social History of Medicine, which members receive free, three times every year, is one of the best-known scholarly journals in the field. Established in 1970 as the Bulletin for the Social History of Medicine, it publishes cutting-edge research on the history of all aspects of health, illness and medical treatment in the past, from antiquity to the present. Papers published in the journal not only seek to expand the boundaries of the discipline, but also to contribute to the central historiographic debates of our time. In the section of book reviews,­ more extensive than in any comparable journal,­ experts from across the globe examine a wide range of recent scholarly publications of interest to historians of medicine. The editors, the editorial board and the contributors to Social History of Medicine are drawn from across the world, and from a range of professions and academic disciplines. Above all, the journal is committed to advancing international and interdisciplinary dialogue between different approaches to the history of medicine in society.

2011 Special Issue

April 2011: Medieval Medicine: Theory and Practice (volume 24, issue 1).

This special issues is edited by Clare Pilsworth and Debby Banham. Focusing on the often-neglected early middle ages, the volume considers how and why medieval authors incorporated classical material, questions what can be considered a medical source, and examines the ways in which texts were used. The volume highlights the ways in which information can be gleaned about early medieval medical practices and theories from a wide variety of sources.

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Dr Graham Mooney
Institute of the History of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University
1900 East Monument
Baltimore, MD 21205

Dr Pratik Chakrabarti
School of History
Rutherford College
University of Kent
Canterbury CT2 7NX

Dr. Ian Burney
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
University of Manchester
Simon Building, Brunswick Street
Manchester M13 3PL

Review Editor
Dr Alex Mold
Centre for History in Public Health
Faculty of Public Health and Policy
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
15-17 Tavistock Place
London WC1H 9SH

Editorial Assistant
Natalia Clarke

Chair of the Editorial Board
Dr. Abigail Woods
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine
Room S223B, Central Library
South Kensington Campus
Imperial College
London SW7 2AZ


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